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quote 2018-06-19 21:50
“If he did,” I say, “Coop’s too much of a gentleman to make a big deal out of it.” “Gentleman?” Sam says. “He’s a cop. From my experience, they fuck like jackhammers
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review 2018-06-18 19:44
"Rozproszenie" Kimberly McCreight [OUTLIERSI #2]
Autor: Kimberly McCreight
Tytuł: Rozproszenie
Cykl: Outliersi, tom 2
 
 
Po przeczytaniu pierwszego tomu długo wyczekiwałam drugiego. Jednak pod natłokiem innych książek totalnie zapomniałam o tej serii. Dopiero kiedy natrafiłam na nią w Empiku, przypomniałam sobie o niej. Miałam duże wymagania co do kolejnej części. Oczekiwałam czegoś mocnego, równie dobrego, jednak trochę się zawiodłam. 
Po wydarzeniach w Maine życie Wylie nadal się nie układa. Jedyne, co pomaga jej przetrwać, to poznawanie swojego talentu - umiejętności czytania uczuć. Nie jest to łatwe dla kogoś, kto od zawsze ignorował własne. Jednak nie tylko ona ma problemy. Jasper ciągle obwinia się za to, co się stało z Cassie. Po otrzymaniu wiadomości od niego dziewczyna próbuje uciec. Dowiaduje się, że agenci przyszli tylko ją przesłuchać. Ojciec bohaterki odmawia rozmowy bez obecności prawnika, dzięki temu pozbywa się niemile widzianych gości. 
Nie lubię wymieniać, co mi się nie podoba, ale w tym wypadku nie mam wyjścia. W recenzji pierwszego tomu napisałam, że główna bohaterka przypadła mi do gustu, w tej części jednak totalnie zmieniam zdanie. Irytowała mnie do granic możliwości swoim zachowaniem (atakowanie ludzi bez powodu, przez co drugi raz została nafaszerowana lekami). Uwaga była poświęcona głównie jej, co mnie również denerwowało. Kurczę, przecież jest tu też Jasper, który również przeżył drastyczne wydarzenia. Za to, by nie krytykować cały czas, mogę pochwalić autorkę za postacie drugoplanowe pojawiające się w dalszych rozdziałach. Do plusów zalicza się również okładka, która nadaje tajemniczego klimatu i zachęca do czytania. Zapomniałabym o zakończeniu - zaskoczyło mnie totalnie i sprawiło, że mam tysiące pytań w głowie. Dzięki niemu mogę zapomnieć o minusach książki 
 
Podsumowując, książka jest naprawdę okay. Wciąga i potrafi zaskoczyć. Teraz pozostaje mi tylko czekać na trzeci tom. Polecam ją fanom serii oraz wszystkim tym, którzy lubią zaskakujące zakończenia. 
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Source: ogrodksiazek.blogspot.com/2018/06/rozproszenie-kimberly-mccreight.html
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review 2018-06-18 09:16
The Lumberjack- Erik Martin Willén

    Willén, in his first departure from sf space adventure/opera, has written a present-day thriller set in a generic northern forest reserve territory of the USA. Once begun the book is hard to put down, as one is driven on by the pace and tension in the story. The character elements of the evil antagonist bound along the edge of implausibility, on a tightrope between impossible and just about conceavible human physicality. In contrast, the rest of the cast of good, bad and pretty are within a more normal range of observable humanity. The plot is just about conceivable, except for the behaviour of a pack of wolves. We note that the author is Scandinavian, so of a population that has been responsible, more than any other, for demonising the wolf. The author also seems keen to exaggerate the danger from the cougar, or mountain lion as many Americans choose to call the creature. Both the cougar and wolf can on rare occasions be a genuine threat to even uninjured, but isolated, humans, especially if an animal feels cornered. But neither is exactly the danger to man in the way that brown bears are. The wild life, non-human and human is extraordinarily dangerous in this neck of the woods. The book is certainly both great entertainment and the provider of a good adrenaline rush. Anyway, for the cause, thriller writers have never been frightened to claim that some maligned animal or other is almost as dangerous a predator of humans as is another human.

    The idea of the eco-warrior, that so loves nature that he would rather see the devastation of mankind than nature is certainly not new. As our greedy species slowly destroys the planet on which we live, there will be many more examples not just in fiction but in our real lives. I have a great deal of sympathy for the ‘evil killer’ in this story, and that probably caused me to be less bothered about some of the often self-absorbed and shallow victims than I should. I would far rather live with a few billion less people and a more natural balance of wildlife. From the Earth’s point of view, we are very far short of describable as a gift from God. Perhaps in the next instalment, if Willén writes one, the lycanthrope will have a substantial degree of ‘normal’ human support. The flip-side of my reluctance to condemn the killer will surely mean that the more humanist reader, with greater empathy for the main characters, will probably enjoy the chase even more than I did.

    This book would benefit from a good edit, as a few sloppy sentences and typos take away some of the shine of quality. Despite that, I feel no hesitation in giving five stars as an entertainment. Willén generates constant interest and, in crucial scenes, real tension. There are a couple of plot weaknesses, stretch marks rather than holes, as events in different locations run in rough parallel, but not ones that detract seriously from the page turning rush. This is a great holiday read, that can be put down between bus journeys or swims, as enjoyment doesn’t require a very deep concentrate on plot detail. This is anything but an over-complicated whodunit type of thriller. But for a stronger attention to the detail of sentence structure and perhaps the inclusion of a few deeper nuances of plot, ‘the lumberjack’ could be a modern equal of any Alistair Maclean thriller. I am sure I will read other books by this author to add to this, and to the first of the Nastragall space operas that I read and reviewed a couple of year ago.

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review 2018-06-18 06:53
Deadly Intent by Pamela Clare
Deadly Intent - Pamela Clare

Joaquin Ramirez, I-Team's resident photographer and Pulitzer Prize winner, arrives at a supposed-homicide-with-body-disappearance scene, only to be met with anger by a bystander. Turns out, the woman knows the victim and is the last one to have seen the man alive.
Mia Starr dislikes photojournalists. She's seen first hand, what an unscrupulous photo bug can do to get a story, but Joaquin seems to be different, and quickly turns out to be different, since he puts her first instead of the story.

Someone is killing former soldiers and trying to pin it to Mia, and Joaquin is there to help her out. And when the killer with the grudge turns on her, it's Joaquin to stand there, between her and a bullet.


A month after the hostage situation at a Christmas party, the I-Team is back in the thick of it. This time it's Joaquin's turn to shine, and to save the day.

I never really thought about Joaquin as a main protagonist. He had sidekick and friend written all over him in the other books. I'm glad, though, I got to see this other side of him. Looks like I underestimated him, and let's face it, side by side with Julian, Marc or Zach, he didn't stand a chance.
But in his story, the hero side of him came out, alongside the salsa-dancing, and yeah, I could understand Mia perfectly. ;) He was tender and gentle when he needed to be, determinedly protective, and definitely heroic there toward the end of the book. A truly wonderful hero.
His heroine, Mia, was an acquired taste, with her idiosyncrasies and all her contradictions and insecurities. It took a special kind of man to show her just who and what she truly was.
I didn't really buy their rushed romance, but I'm glad they found each other in the end.

The villain also had much to be desired, although the big reveal as to his identity came as a surprise (I certainly didn't see it coming); his motive left me scratching my head&mdas;why go after all those people, instead of just focusing on Mia?
But the suspense was gripping and served as a nice little catalyst for the two protagonists to meet and for the "romance" to bloom.

The characters were great as always (I loved all the "cameos", and it's always a pleasure seeing Julian and Marc in action, complete with marital spats and bickering), the pacing spot-on, the writing superb...This one is definitely one of my favorite series.

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text 2018-06-17 14:35
The Outsider - 34%
The Outsider - Stephen King

AAAAAARRRRRGGGHHHH

 

He did it again. Sometimes I really hate Stephen King as much as I love him. 

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